Varin Science

When it comes to designing cannabis manufacturing laboratories, efficiency is key. The layout of your facility and its safety procedures can make or break an operation- That’s why you need Varin Science on your side! We take the guesswork out of designing and building your cannabis manufacturing operation. Our team of experts will help you create a lab that is efficient and safe, so you can focus on what is important, growing your business!

The design and planning of a cannabis lab is not “one size fits all.” It will vary depending on functions, products and expectations you desire. You will need to consider electrical, HVAC, building envelope parameters in conjunction with code and safety compliance.

Hemp and cannabis labs are known to be power hogs and this can get expensive. Don’t worry! Varin Science will work with you to develop the perfect electrical plan to help you maximize your cannabis lab’s efficiency that will help you maximize your efficiency – meaning you’ll save money in the long run. And who doesn’t love saving money? If you’re thinking about using existing buildings, you will have to take modifications into consideration. Retrofitting a facility to accommodate cannabis research or production will most likely be necessary and is likely going to require some major overhauls on the existing ventilation systems. Not only will it protect lab users from what they may come into contact with, but also any substances released during normal operating conditions that could be hazardous to the lab workers. This could be costly and time consuming. We at Varin Science will run the numbers and make sure it makes financial sense for your business. Lab safety is a critically important factor. For example, you will need sensors and alarms in your lab so that any gas leakage can be detected quickly. At Varin Science, we know the importance of safety in the lab. We have an entire checklist to make sure everything is properly installed and monitored, so you can focus on what really matters- growing your business! In addition to lab safety, the layout of your cannabis lab is crucial to its efficiency and effectiveness. A bad floor plan can lead not only to slow production but also high operating costs because it’s inefficient workflows, so you need an up-to-date design that will save time while still being effective at getting tasks completed quickly! At Varin Science, we specialize in designing floor plans that are optimized for efficiency and workflow. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to improve your current setup, we can help you take your operation to the next level. How about a cannabis kitchen? A We’ll work with you to determine what your facility needs and we can provide a range of solutions. Our team will help determine if there are any limitations on which technologies can support the processing needs at hand as well discuss layout plans for easy access by technicians during repairs or maintenance projects so that shutting down an entire assembly line isn’t necessary. We consider everything based on manufacturer requirements such as air-flow and access to exterior walls in order to prolong their life. Our team of experts can help you design and build a commercial-grade kitchen that meets all your needs and specifications. With our precision equipment and industry-leading designs, you can rest assured that your kitchen will be perfect for your business. Are you looking to build a new lab? Look no further than Varin Science! We provide comprehensive lab design and construction services, ensuring that your facility meets all regulatory requirements. But we don’t stop there- our team of architects will also work with you to custom-design your space, so that you can get the most out of your investment. So whether you’re just starting out or are ready to expand your business, we can help! Book your consultation today!

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Recent Lab Builds

Jack Herer Lab, Santa Cruz, California

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Five Tips to Consider When Building a Cannabis Laboratory

Assuming that you’ve optimized your cannabis testing equipment layout and lab flow for maximum efficiency, we offer several other often overlooked aspects to consider when designing your cannabis lab:

Hide the Vacuum Pumps

Vacuum pumps used on rotary evaporators, distillation equipment, and other solvent recovery systems can be loud and noisy, adding unnecessary background noise to the lab environment. Do yourself and your staff a favor by locating these on an outside wall or separate mechanical room.

Code Compliance with Flammables

The Fire Department usually has authority here, and they may be one of the last groups involved in the permit review process. If you plan hydrocarbon or ethanol storage, but sure you have enough allowable space to meet your production goals. In the case of ethanol, some jurisdictions may require an outgassing area for spent biomass which may need more space than anticipated, and possibly emissions permit from the air pollution control authority.


Proper Flooring

The last thing you want to do is work all weekend to relocate equipment to install or reinstall flooring. Epoxy coatings are the most common and durable, but depending on the solvent type and use, a special coating may be required on top of the epoxy for added solvent protection. If you’re planning GMP, there may be other criteria to consider

Correct Electrical Placement & Load

Lab equipment often requires substantial electrical energy to operate. The circuit panel breakers will trip and temporarily interrupt production if electrical loads are exceeded. Hire a competent electrician to estimate the entire electrical load when all equipment is operational. Be sure the electrical requirements (e.g., 110 or 220 volts, single or three phases) match the equipment and locations in your design.

Adequate HVAC

Lab equipment releases considerable waste heat. Unless this equipment is located in a hood or controller air environment (like a C1D1 or C1D2 booth), waste heat can build up considerably and make for a poor work environment. For example, a simple five-ton walk-in freezer generates approximately 244,000 BTU per day of waste heat, requiring about 20 tons in cooling capacity.

Bonus Tip

Source Heating and Cooling Fluids in Advance: With COVID affecting the supply chain availability of many common industrial fluids, acquisition can be delayed or expensive. Dimethyl silicone, commonly used in heat recirculation devices, is in short supply and may be hard to find and costly. (Contact us if you need some, we have it in stock). Save a lot of money by buying in bulk, such as 55-gallon drums from chemical suppliers instead of overpriced, repackaged fluids from the local grow shop. Finally, be sure to use the equipment manufacturer’s recommended grade to avoid the warranty.

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